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Unreleased Dreamcast Zip Drive Prototype for Sale on eBay

Monday, December 17th, 2018

UPDATE

Someone has bought the Dreamcast Zip Drive! The auction ended on the 18th of December at 18:07 CET.

ORIGINAL POST

The Dreamcast Zip Drive was an unreleased add-on that was due to release in Autumn 2000. Co-developed by SEGA and Iomega, the device would give users access to 100mb zip disks to allow for greater storage space for browsing the internet and downloading additional game content like maps for Quake III Arena. The add-on connects to the Dreamcast via its expansion port and power input, requiring you to then power your Dreamcast using the zip drive’s power input. The zip drive also features a USB slot on the front which would have given users access to more peripherals that never came to pass.

It’s an interesting little device that never made it to store shelves, but now you can own one of the prototypes. There is currently “one of less than five worldwide” on sale on eBay. The zip drive is located in Berlin and will set you back 4225 euros, around £3798 in British sterling. It’s certainly not a bargain, but it’s definitely one of the more interesting SEGA curios to pop up for quite some time. And let’s not forget, it does come with a zip disk!

Click here to be taken to the auction which is due to end on the 15th of January 2019.

Unreleased Prototype of Castlevania: The New Generation Leaked

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

An unreleased prototype version of Castlevania: The New Generation has been leaked online. Also known as Castlevania Bloodlines, this prototype features some noticeable differences from the final Mega Drive game:

– Black title screen with longer intro
– Title screen says “1P PRESS START” suggesting the possibility of a 2P mode
– Different mermen
– Different wolf boss
– Music restarts every time you enter a room
– Layout changes
– The inside part of the second half of stage 1 has no background
– The outside part has a light blue background and the falling bone bridge portion is more difficult
– The knight boss’ sprite is different
– The stage 2 water is different

The ROM can be downloaded from the Castlevania Dungeon forums and originates with a user called @TheCount#5993 in the CVDungeon discord.

[Source: Castlevania Dungeon and Hardcore Gaming 101]

Earliest Sonic R Prototype Discovered

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Jon Burton from Traveller’s Tales and his fascinating GameHut YouTube channel is at it again with a fascinating look at the earliest known prototype of Sonic R. The track featured in this prototype wouldn’t make it into the final game and there’s a lot of artwork and assets on show that have never been seen before. You can see the prototype in action by clicking the embed below:

Burton has previously released footage of 2 later prototypes of Sonic R and they can also be watched by clicking the links below:
Sonic R Prototype ver. 0.3
Sonic R Prototype ver. 0.2

[Source: GameHut]

Video Spotlight: The Other SEGA Pluto in Action

Friday, April 19th, 2013

After the amazing discovery of the SEGA Pluto prototype console on Wednesday, the owner of the other console has come forward and created a video of it in action. He has also revealed that he found it at a flea market for a dollar and will likely put it on eBay in the next few days:

[Source: Eurogamer]

ASSEMbler User Reveals Rare SEGA Saturn Prototype

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Well how’s this for SEGA news: a user of the ASSEMbler forums known as Super Magnetic has posted photos of an extremely rare SEGA Saturn prototype called the SEGA Pluto.

The SEGA Pluto would have been a SEGA Saturn with a built in Netlink for dial up internet connectivity. I say “would have been” because there is rumored to be only 2 prototypes in existence, this being the 2nd. The final console obviously didn’t go into production.

Check out the photos of the machine below:

[Source: ASSEMblerGames Forums]

Video Spotlight: Is This Video of a Sonic the Hedgehog Prototype Real or a Really Good Hoax?

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

Yuji Naka’s Twitter has revealed this rather fantastic video of what appears to be a Sonic the Hedgehog prototype that some of you may recognise from screenshots released in magazines back in 1990:

Now the real question is this; real or fake? Could someone help translate Naka-san’s Tweet to help with this conundrum!?

EDIT: Rough Translation Courtesy of Angelgotchi
“It’s a version of the game that was under construction. Wondering where the ROM came from and wondering if the segment is from after the river with the rocks and palmtrees before it. Nostalgic!”

So Naka-San thinks it’s real! Curiouser and curiouser…

[Source: Yuji Naka’s Twitter]

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